Readers Photo Challenge: Animal planet

Animals were the subjects of this month’s readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people sent in pictures of pets while others chose to find their animals in the wild. From mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects, most types of living things are represented here. Some were found close to home while others were photographed far and away. Sixteen readers sent in 95 photos. Here are some of the top picks.

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Don Sperry of Stockton used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera to photograph a flock of ducks on Brookside Lake near his home.

Don Sperry of Stockton found a small flock of ducks floating on the waters of Brookside Lake, seen out the backyard of his home. The water was still enough to capture their reflections The water was still enough to capture the ducks’ reflections as he used a Sony Alpha NEX-7 digital mirrorless camera to photograph them bathed in the warm light of an early morning sunrise.

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Matt Baker of Stockton used a Nikon D7500 DSLR camera to photograph a bison and its calf in Yellowstone National Park near Mammoth, Wyoming.

Matt Baker of Stockton was on a trip through the natural beauty of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, but it was a big city problem that led to his photo: Traffic. Cars had come to a stop on a road due to a herd of bison crossing it. Out his car window Baker spied a bison and it’s calf standing in a field of bright yellow wildflowers. With his Nikon S7500 DSLR camera he captured the epitome of springtime.

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Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph a bird at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.

Dave Skinner was on a trip along California’s Central Coast area to attend his 55th high school reunion in Paso Robles. He stopped at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero and photographed some of the exotic birds on display with a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera. With a blue and gold macaw he got in tight with a telephoto lens cropping in close around its eye, making the surrounding colors and patterns of the feathers look like an abstract painting.

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Teresa Mahknen of Morada used a Nikon D7200 DSLR camera to photograph a quail atop a roof of a building at a vineyard in Clements.

Teresa Mahknen of Morada went to a vineyard to get a shot of the sun rising over a gently rolling hill near Clements. The she got of the car she saw a quail sitting atop a sign. Without checking her camera’s settings she quickly got off a few shots before the bird flew away. She looked at her Nikon D7200 DSLR camera’s monitor and saw that, although she didn’t capture the bird’s colorful plumage, she managed to get a nice silhouette of the bird with it’s iconic plume clearly seen in profile.

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Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 5D Mk IV DSLr camera to photograph a dog walking another dog along the Gran Via in Madrid, Spain.

Self-driving cars are the next technological breakthrough, but what about self-walking dogs? While on vacation in Spain, Steven Rapaport saw an unusual sight: one dog walking another. While sightseeing on the Gran Via in Madrid, Rapaport saw two white dogs walking side-by-side down the boulevard. Both had head halters on but only one had a leash attached. The other dog had the other end of the leash in its mouth. Rapaport said that although the both the dogs were well- trained and well-behaved, the owners follows along about 10 feet behind. He used a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to photograph the dogs taking care of each other.

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Linda Rapaport of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 7 to photograph pigs in a sty on an eco farm near Sintra, Portugal.

Linda Rapaport of Stockton went with her husband Steven on their trip to Europe. She used an Apple iPhone 7 to get a shot of pigs in a sty on an eco farm near Sintra, Portugal. I like the triangular composition of the pigs and the subtle backlighting of them.

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Ronald Dundatscheck of Stockton, used an Apple iPhone 6 to photograph his cats Boots, left, and Little One, at his home.

Ronald Dundatscheck of Stockton used his iPhone to take a picture of his cats Boots and Little One as they looked out a window of his house. I liked how you can see the yard reflected in the glass giving the photo an anticipatory quality of the cats wanting to go outside to explore.

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Ward Downs of Stockton used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera to photograph a ferruginous pygmy owl in a paraiso tree in Playa Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico.

Ward Downs of Stockton was on vacation in Playa Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico who he played a little peek-a-boo with an owl in a tree. Downs used a Nikon D7100 DSLR camera with a 18-140mm lens, which isn’t too terribly long, but it got him close enough to to the trick. He captured a tiny ferruginous pygmy owl (only about 5 inches in height) as it peeked out from behind some leaves of a tree it was perched in.

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Blair Hake of Stockton used a Nikon Coolpix S7000 digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph his dog Luna dancing with Samantha Xenos at the Windmill Cove 60th Anniversary in Stockton.

Blair Hake of Stockton used a Nikon Coolpix S7000 digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph his dog Luna dancing with Samantha Xenos to the sounds of Fleetwood Mac tribute band Mystic Moon during Windmill Cove’s 60th Anniversary celebration in Stockton.

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Carrie Walker used a Nikon D50 DSLR camera to photograph neighborhood cat Panda near her home.

Carrie Walker used a Nikon D50 DSLR camera to photograph neighborhood cat Panda near her home. She captured the cat as it lay on a lay making it look like it was on the savannas of Africa.

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All of the photos can be seen in an online gallery at recordnet.com. A new challenge will be issued on July 2.

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